Why does the Diocese ask for this form to be completed?
The Diocese wishes to provide you, as the applicant, with the opportunity to voluntarily disclose any convictions, cautions, warnings or bind-overs that are relevant to the role for which you are applying. This helps to avoid any possible subsequent delay in the appointment process.
There is also an expectation that the Diocese seeks references on an applicant’s skills and suitability as part of the recruitment process.
Who will have access to the completed document and its contents?
The completed form and its contents will only be shared/reviewed by those with the entitlement to do so to assess relevancy of the contents e.g. the Bishop and appropriate members of the Clifton Diocese staff, the Chair of Governors of any school or Multi Academy Trust as appropriate, you may be considered for and/or appointed to, if necessary.
What happens if something is declared?
Any information you supply on the document will not necessarily bar you from being appointed as a governor.
Should further information be warranted in light of your disclosure of information, your prior consent will be sought BEFORE further information or enquiries are made.
A senior Bishop’s Officer contact will contact you to discuss any information you disclose and obtain any further details required to help assess the relevancy of the information in relation to the role of a school governor.
How will decisions be made in light of information disclosed?
Decisions will be made based on full examination of the information disclosed. You will be kept informed of the decision process and outcome.
Who will be involved in the decision-making process?
The Bishop and appropriate members of the Clifton Diocese staff and the Chair of Governors of any school you may be considered for, if necessary.
Where will this document be held; by whom and for how long?
This document will be retained by the Bishop’s Governance Officer.
The document will be retained in accordance with the record retention schedule (or until a new Disclosure is required at which time a new Safeguarding Self-Declaration is necessary) and stored electronically on a password protected, secure file accessible only by authorised personnel e.g. Bishop’s senior representatives.
If you have any queries regarding the completion of this document, please contact the Safeguarding office in confidence. If you have a disability that may make the completion of this document difficult, the document can be completed by someone on your behalf however we still require you to sign the document.
If after reading the above, you wish to continue with your application, please complete the sections below: